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noun grain pronunciation in British English /ɡreɪn/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the seeds from crops such as wheat, rice, or barley that are used for food
    bags of mixed grain
    1. a.
      [uncountable] food crops such as wheat, rice, or barley
      golden fields of grain
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    2. b.
      [countable] an individual seed from one of these crops
      a grain of rice
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  2. 2
    [countable] a very small individual piece of a substance such as sand, salt, or sugar
    1. a.
      [singular] a very small amount of a quality or feeling
      grain ofa grain of truth: There was more than a grain of truth in what he’d said.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the arrangement, pattern, or direction of fibres in substances such as wood, stone, cloth, or paper
    There were deep cracks along the grain of the wood.



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